08/26/14 5:02pm

We’ve covered how the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which began earlier this summer with ‘Pete’s Challenge‘, has begun making the rounds in Alexandria.

Here, the property management team at the Alric in Potomac Yard takes the challenge and challenges their sister property.

The Alric, a sponsor of this blog (see sidebar at right…), is the first phase of The Exchange at Potomac Yard, a 14-acre development within the existing, 300-acre Potomac Yard community which is now leasing. The Alric will include 323 residences, a mix of one- and two-bedrooms, in two five-story buildings. The complex will also include a roof terrace and lounge, courtyards, private ground-level patios, a pool and outdoor seating areas.

You can see our previous posts on The Alric at this link.

Well done!

Progress on The Alric in Potomac Yards in Alexandria, VA continues
08/26/14 2:31pm

Parents! If you are the parent of a young child and if you aren’t headed to the beach this weekend for one final blowout before school starts, you might want to check this out.

As part of the Kennedy Center’s 13th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival, Alexandria’s own Arts on the Horizon will be presenting a sneak peek of our new show, Blossom’s Rainbow on the Millennium Stage, Monday, September 1st at 11:00 AM!

Blossom’s Rainbow is a work-in-progress, but they are excited to share this 15-20 minute sneak peek of the show and hear your feedback afterwards. The full production will premiere in Alexandria, Virginia in March 2015.

Blossom’s Rainbow is created, directed and choreographed by Margot Greenlee with music composed and performed by Taiko drummer, Mark H. Rooney.
A painter’s brush sets a young cherry blossom’s world into motion. Infused with whimsical dance, vibrant colors, and dynamic live music, join Blossom on her journey from the red mountains down to the indigo city in this new piece that celebrates Japanese culture.
This gently interactive, creative, nonverbal show is geared towards children ages 2-5.

As with all of the Page-to-Stage events, tickets are free and no advance registration is required! Just show up on September 1st and join Arts on the Horizon for a wonderful family-friendly morning!

(H/T OT Moms)

08/26/14 1:57pm
King Street Trolley

On Monday, September 1, 2014, DASH will be operating on a SUNDAY schedule.

The King Street Trolley operates the following schedule daily, every 15 minutes between the King Street Metrorail Station and the Potomac River waterfront:

  • Sunday – Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. midnight
08/26/14 10:59am
DASH bus

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Reader Scott writes in (after the jump…) about the other major bus service improvements that have hit the ground in Alexandria, Virginia besides the new Metroway. You can read our posts on the DASH bus service improvements at this link.


08/26/14 10:03am
The Majestic

The Majestic by Aaron Webb, on Flickr

Some good deals to be had starting next week at The Majestic in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The Majestic is located at 911 King Street in Alexandria. You can find out more about The Majestic at this link.

08/26/14 9:39am
Christopher Phillips - Principal of Jefferson-Houston elementary in Alexandria, Virginia

Meet and Greet the New Principal This Thursday

Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher L. Phillips, Ed.D. as lead principal at Jefferson-Houston School.

Phillips joins ACPS from Suffolk, Va. where he served as principal of Oakland and Southwestern Elementary Schools since 2008. Phillips has been a leader in Suffolk Public Schools since 2005.

“Dr. Phillips brings to ACPS extensive leadership experience in school administration and critical teaching experience in the area of math that will be a great benefit to our students as well as a tremendous addition to our administrative team,” Dr. Crawley said.

Prior to serving as principal at Oakland and Southwestern Elementary Schools, Phillips was the assistant principal at King’s Fork Middle School and Booker T. Washington Elementary School respectively in Suffolk. Phillips is committed to school improvement. He coordinated development and implementation of objectives and long-range plans for curriculum and instruction evaluation and improvement at his former schools. He also conducted data and instructional meetings with school personnel and focused on staff development needs. Phillips has experience in developing school improvement plans as a middle school math teacher. He also served as a mentor for new principals and was a member of the textbook adoption committee for the Suffolk school division.

“I am both honored and excited to work with the students, staff and community of Jefferson-Houston to continue to build upon the foundations already present. We have the opportunity to create a shared vision and school culture as we open this year. It is through collaboration with the students, staff, parents and community that we will ensure the success of all students,” said Phillips.

Phillips earned a Doctor of Administration and Supervision and an M. Ed. Master Teacher degree from Regent University. He earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies advanced degree in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University.

Parents are invited to attend a Meet and Greet event with the new principal on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the school, 1501 Cameron St. in Alexandria.